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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Yeison Lopez-Martinez, 19, a native of Guatemala living in Trenton, New Jersey, with enticing a minor to travel and transportation of a minor to engage in sexual activity. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between March and April 2, 2020, the defendant enticed a minor victim to travel from New Jersey to New York to engage in sexual activity. In addition, on March 30, 2020, Lopez¬ Martinez, transported the minor victim from New Jersey to New York with the intent to engage in sexual activity.
The defendant made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in New Jersey and was detained. Lopez-Martinez will be returned to the Western District of New York at a later date.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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